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Will David Montgomery play against the Rams? Nagy 'can't say either way'

Will David Montgomery play against the Rams? Nagy 'can't say either way'

The Bears may be without David Montgomery when they play the Rams this weekend. 

The rookie running back made an appearance on the injury report after Wednesday's practice, listed as limited with an ankle issue. Matt Nagy went into a little more detail on Thursday, explaining that Montgomery "lightly" rolled his ankle. He also declined to speculate whether it would be something that could keep him out on Sunday. 

"We wanted to keep him out," he said. "And we’ll just keep an eye on him for here today with how things go.

"We’re working through that. I can’t say either way. We’ll just kind of keep an eye on it as it goes here and see how it is today. We’re working through today and see how he goes." 

It'd obviously be a tough loss for a Bears' offense that's finally starting to see (small) signs of progress as Montgomery's become more involved. He went over 100 yards rushing for the first time in his NFL career against the Chargers in Week 8, and has seen his yards per carry tick up over the last month (3.6 over the last four games). 

"He’s always moving forward, always getting a little more than he should," offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich said. "And that’s been contagious I think for the rest of the unit. He’s a tough, tough dude, and again we’ve said, he’s an all-purpose guy. He can protect. He can obviously run the football. He’s a good route-runner." 

The Bears would be in a precarious position if Montgomery can't go on Sunday. After cutting Mike Davis last week, they'd be left with Tarik Cohen and Ryan Nall as the two active backs. With Trey Burton also nursing a thigh injury that could keep him out, the Bears' offense will be notably short-handed going into a key battle of two NFC teams trying to keep any glimmer of a playoff berth alive. 

"You're going to have contingency plans for everybody and everything," Helfrich added. "It's perfect because I have no idea, and can answer everything honestly as possible. You have to have plans for every single situation, and we'll do that to the best of our ability." 

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: The NFL could push the Super Bowl to March if it means a full season

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: The NFL could push the Super Bowl to March if it means a full season

Laurence Holmes, JJ Stankevitz and Chris Bleck join Kap on the panel. The NFL wants to get a 16-game season in and would be willing to move the Super Bowl to March if necessary. But should any league even think about making plans that far in advance?

JJ writes that the Bears biggest need is interior offensive line. Do they have to take a lineman early in the draft?

Plus the guys discuss the stories about the ‘98 Bulls that they most want to hear as discuss the athletes and celebrities that they most and least want to spend time with in quarantine.

0:35 - Report: Super Bowl could be in March If start of season is delayed

4:30 - Do the Bears have to draft an offensive lineman in the 2nd round?

11:10 - NCAA gives spring sports athletes another year of eligibility

15:50 - ESPN moving up release date for “The Last Dance” about ‘98 Bulls

20:29 - Who do you most and least want to quarantine with?

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LOOK: Nick Foles signs Bears contract

LOOK: Nick Foles signs Bears contract

The Bears struck quickly after the new league year kicked off on March 18 when they traded a 2020 fourth-round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for quarterback Nick Foles. The deal was agreed to during the legal tampering period but didn't become official until Tuesday when it was finally announced by the NFL.

Part of the delay in all of this offseason's transactions getting finalized is the social distancing required to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. Team facilities are closed. As a result, free-agent deals and trades are taking longer to process.

But the wait for Foles becoming a Bear is finally over, and he shared the moment he put pen to paper on Twitter.

Foles, 31, is expected to compete with Mitch Trubisky for the starting job in 2020 with most in football media expecting him to ultimately win the duel. He brings a resume of playoff success to Chicago, including a miraculous Super Bowl run (and victory) during the 2017 season.

Foles' stint in Jacksonville lasted just one season after signing a four-year, $88 million contract in 2019. Foles started four games (all losses) and finished the year with 736 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He was replaced in the lineup by Gardner Minshew, who took the league by storm as a mustache-wearing sixth-round pick from Washington State.

He'll get a fresh start in Chicago and if he has any sort of success in 2020, he'll be a Bear for a long time. 

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